Urinary Tract Infections, men can be affected by it, although women are more prone to urinary tract infections. Urinary tract infection is rare in young men, with 8 infections per 10,000 men occurring in the 21- to 50-year age group. In marked contrast, adult women are 30 times more likely than men to develop an urinary tract infections. The rate of infection increases with age in both sexes, with the increase especially notable in men older than 50 years.
Antibiotics are used to treat urinary tract infections. Elderly people could have a urinary tract infection but have few or no symptoms. Majoirity cases of urinary tract infections clear up after a few days of drug treatment, but more severe cases may require several weeks of treatment.
What are possible causes of urinary tract infections for men? Having multiple sex partners, anal sex, enlarged prostate, use of catheter and kidney stones some of the causes of UTI in men.
For men who are very active in sexual activity, or engage in multiple sex partners, or having sex with same sex, the chances of contacting urinary tract infections are higher. Men who practice anal sex are more prone because they can get the bacteria which are living inside the colon. Sometimes, e.coli bacteria are in the skin near the rectum, it can travel through urethra and both partners can acquire the infection unless they will practice safety measure like using condoms while doing it for protection.
Another is the use of catheters. Men who are in seriously ill or after surgery which need to have bed rest are the one who use catheters. Same goes to men who suffer from urine incontinence, they are the main users of catheters too. Catheters are flexible tube that is inserted into the body cavity or vessel like the urethra up to the bladder to collect liquid or urine. It is a passageway to get out the excess liquid not needed in our body. If it is used incorrectly it can trigger the growth of bacteria. Catheters should be sterilized and well cleaned before and after using.
Men above 50 are also susceptible to have urinary tract infection due to enlarged prostate condition. As the prostate gland is located near to urethra and bladder, an enlarged prostate may cause urination problem. Passing urine will be difficult and the urine may back flow. If the urine that is exposed and infected with bacterium back flow, it will invade the urethra and bladder, causing urinary tract infections. Men with enlarged prostate should consult their physician if they experience discomfort or burn sensation during urination.
Men with kidney stones are at a higher risk of developing a urinary tract infection. Kidney stones are an extremely painful condition. It is where a small stone precipitates in the kidney. This stone is made of calcium and other minerals that are being filtered by the kidney. The stone will block the urethra and other drainage ducts, affecting the flow of urine and thereby increasing the chances of urinary tract infections. Men with chronic urinary tract infections are linked to this condition.